Chausser shoes at Pitti

Chausser shoes at Pitti

Posted by on Feb 27, 2012 in Streetwear + Denim | 9 Comments

I can’t say I know how you go about staking your claim on real estate at Pitti Uomo, but I would think that “smack dab in front of the Cucinelli space” seems like a good spot to be, trafficwise. Nonetheless, Yoichi Maeda, the guy behind Chausser shoes, seemed a little bored as buyers and other ...

Superlative socks from Bresciani

Superlative socks from Bresciani

Posted by on Feb 22, 2012 in Men's Clothing | One Comment

As Mike from Epaulet mentioned in his post on visiting Pitti Uomo as a buyer, the sheer number of vendors, from small batch manufacturers to industry giants, is enough to drive a blogger crazy. As a visitor rather than a buyer, I had even less incentive to stay focused, especially when it came to the ...

ts(s) fall 2012.

ts(s) fall 2012.

Posted by on Feb 2, 2012 in Streetwear + Denim | No Comments

The philosophy of ts(s) and designer Takuji Suzuki is… in between. Does he make military influenced sportswear? Sportswear influenced militaria? The answer is in between. For the 2012 collection, no piece is wholly in one world or another. A military jacket can flip down its collar and become a seemingly straightforward tailored sportcoat. A weighty ...

Want les Essentiels de la Vie.

Want les Essentiels de la Vie.

Want les Essentiels de la Vie wants you to travel in comfort and style. Their accessories are neither over nor underdesigned, with helpful details where you want them but without utilitarian excesses. Want chooses to be excessive instead with luxury materials and construction.  At Pitti, Dexter Peart showed me what Want has planned for their ...

Finamore at Pitti.

Finamore at Pitti.

Posted by on Jan 26, 2012 in Men's Clothing | 3 Comments

Finamore could rest on its old-world shirtmaker laurels (second oldest shirtmaker in Naples; more handsewing than Betsy Ross [more in the black labeled classica line than in sportier models]; renowned MTM program, fabric from top mills, etc., etc.) but at Pitti 81 chose instead to highlight its innovative side, with look-at-me fabrics and treatments, quilted ...

Coffee with Mariano Rubinacci, Redux.

Coffee with Mariano Rubinacci, Redux.

Posted by on Jan 24, 2012 in Random thoughts | 2 Comments

As Pete wrote earlier, one of the calmer moments we had at Pitti Uomo was our morning coffee with Mariano Rubinacci. Mariano met us at the Westin Excelsior on the Thursday morning, the last busy day of Pitti Uomo before people start packing it up on Friday in preparation for the long season ahead.  Milan, ...

Coffee with Sig. Rubinacci.

Coffee with Sig. Rubinacci.

Posted by on Jan 15, 2012 in Men's Clothing | No Comments

It’s hard to stay cynical in Florence. I arrived prepared to look down my nose at Pitti’s tradeshow circus and the inevitable sartorial showmanship from attendees, to see through the veil of #menswear and tell the unvarnished truth about what I saw. Which, of course, I will. But as a longtime fan of makers like ...